One day after garbage contract falls apart, New Hanover County wants to micro-manage school spending


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield wants to oversee how the New Hanover County School Board spends its local expense fund.

School Board Chairman Don Hayes says he didn’t know Barfield was interested in doing something like that until Saturday. Barfield put it on the county’s agenda to be discussed at Monday’s commissioners’s meeting.

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The news came a day after the county announced it had released R3 from a contract taking over the county’s garbage disposal. R3 says it couldn’t find the funding to get the project off the ground.

Hayes told a local TV station Tuesday the reason Barfield wants to take over his budget is retaliation for redistricting elementary and middle school students. He told us Barfield’s move is disrespectful both to him and the entire School Board.

The propsal would allow Commissioners to have control over the only money the school board can choose how to spend. Any other money spent is mandated by the state or already needs to be approved by the county.

County Commissioners decided to table the proposal Monday night and invite the School Board to breafast to discuss it. Hayes says maybe Chairman Barfield should have started with a breakfast conversation instead.